Jake Hager, formerly known as Jack Swagger from his days in the WWE, is getting closer to his pro-MMA debut as he has decided to back to his roots of active competition. This new chapter in his life as a pro-MMA fighter begins when he takes on J.W. Kiser at the upcoming Bellator 214 event.
Hager has signed a contract with Bellator MMA, which is a promotion spearheaded by President Scott Coker and owned by its parent company Viacom. While doing a recent interview with FightfulMMA.com's James Lynch, he mentioned that he plans to have some WWE Superstars in attendance for the show. In fact, he dropped a teaser about R-Truth potentially performing his entrance song for this fight.
"I think there will be some WWE guys at the event, and I think R-Truth, Ron Killings will be performing at the event for me. You're just going to have to tune in and find out!. The way I'm focusing is that this is life moving forward. No easy opponents. I want multiple fights in 2019.”
Bellator 214 goes down on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main card will air on Paramount Network and DAZN at 9:00 PM EST. Here’s the updated card for the show:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas
Mike Segura vs. Richard Leroy
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco
Jay Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke
Bobby Newman vs. Christopher Reyes
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke
Sean Johnson vs. Art Rivas
Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla